Tag: infectious

Will Your COVID-19 Mask Protect You from Wildfire Smoke?

People in the West now have to protect themselves not only from the novel coronavirus, but from wildfire smoke as well. Health experts say an N95 mask is your best bet for protecting yourself from both the novel coronavirus and wildfire smoke. Research shows KN95 masks are just as effective. The wildfires raging across the

Study Finds Ibuprofen Likely Doesn’t Make COVID-19 Symptoms Worse

During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the WHO said people shouldn’t take ibuprofen if they had COVID-19. A new report found that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen aren’t linked to any adverse effects in people who were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 is a multi-system disease

How Schools Can Easily Become ‘Superspreaders’ of COVID-19

Experts say schools can be the perfect setting for a “superspreader” event of COVID-19. They note that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among children is rising across the United States. They say schools need to put in preventive measures such as masks, physical distancing, staggered class schedules, and ventilation. They add that the

How the Pandemic Is Motivating Me to Get Healthy

The American Psychological Association reports that 27 percent of U.S. adults say they eat to manage stress. Family history, gestational diabetes, and prediabetes are risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Young Americans who are overweight and living with health conditions like diabetes have an increased risk for complications from COVID-19. For most of my

Risk of Death from COVID-19 Four Times Greater for Those with Diabetes

New research has found that people with diabetes and poorly managed hyperglycemia who are hospitalized for COVID-19 have a death rate and longer length of hospital stay that’s four times higher than people without these conditions. Forty-two percent of those without a prior diagnosis of diabetes before being admitted, and who developed hyperglycemia during their

What Does It Mean to Declare a Pandemic?

The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic due to the rise of COVID-19. There are distinct differences between an outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic. A pandemic is an epidemic that’s spread over several countries or continents and affects a large percent of the population. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared COVID-19 — the

The risks of infectious mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, sidelines high school athletes every year. Kids who play sports aren’t more susceptible to the disease. Instead, adolescent competitors are at a greater risk for one of the illness’s serious complications—splenic rupture. Mono starts with fatigue, sore throat, fever and swollen glands. By then, it’s invaded the lymphatic system, which can

Infectious diseases: When a kiss is more than a kiss

Often referred to as the “kissing disease,” mononucleosis is a common ailment caused by the Epstein-Barr virus that is transmitted through saliva. While you can get the virus through kissing, you also can be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing cups or utensils with someone who is infected. According to the Centers